Amore Italian Market & Bakery in Southwest Cape Coral is a gem! I had lunch there today after walking inside to check it out a few weeks ago when I was done with breakfast next door. As a Southwest Cape resident I was surprised that I didn’t know about it. It’s been open since 2018 and I have been going to this shopping plaza for a decade. While it isn’t technically at Cape Harbour, I figured a post on it makes sense due to it only being a few blocks up the road. You could easily walk or ride your bike there. Its just North of Cape Coral Parkway between the lobster lady shopping center and Chiquita Blvd.
If you are reading this, you are probably wondering what qualifies me to review a restaurant? Am I a chef or a food critic? Absolutely not! I am just someone who likes to eat. Italian food is my absolute favorite. Now that I know where this place is I’m going to have to keep myself from overindulging.
When I walked into Amore at about 11:30 AM on a Monday there were a handful of people shopping the market and ordering from the deli. There appeared to be 4-5 on staff behind the counter with everyone who wasn’t busy with customer service being busy cooking or baking. The first thing you see though are the cookie and pastry cases that greet you as soon as you walk through the doors. A huge array of colorful cookies, cakes, and Cannolis that look like something out of a commercial(see below).
On the right side of these cases is the market. It is full of imported ingredients and favorites. Think olive oils, vinegar’s, pastas, and wines.
As you move to the left side past the desert cases you come to the fresh salads, the deli, and the entrees. The selection is amazing and it all looked very authentic. I’ll be back to pick up some of the pasta dishes and likely the chicken parm for dinner on another day.
Being that I was coming in for lunch, I had something else on my mind. An Italian sandwich. I’ve had the Publix version, the Jimmy Johns version, and many others over the years. I fancy myself as a bit of a connoisseur. Based on the look of this place, I thought this might be the Italian sandwich to measure all of the rest of them by, and I WAS RIGHT! This was bar none the best Italian sandwich I have ever eaten. The sub roll was out of this world. Soft on the inside with a little bit of crisp on the outside. It was loaded with Italian meats, cheese, fresh veggies, and an awesome oil & vinegar mixture that just tied it all together. Look at this thing, it was absolutely huge.
I ate it outside on the patio given the nice fall weather. Couldn’t have had a better experience. If you are looking for an authentic Italian eatery and bakery, Amore is a gem! Check it out.
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